2015 Anaheim II 250 Supercross Results and Recap from Angel Stadium
The Western Regional 250SX championship heated up at round three of the Monster Energy Supercross series with Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb picking up where he left off last weekend, taking his second win of the season. However, it didn’t look like things were going to go Webb’s way after the start, where the young rider found himself in 16th position after the first corner. After charging up to 2nd place by lap nine, Webb set his sights on race leader, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers.
By the final lap, Webb had closed the four second gap to Bowers and was within striking distance. Webb executed a perfect block pass on Bowers just two corners before the finish line to become the first two-time winner in the 250SX West Region championship this year. Webb inherited the points lead from Jessy Nelson and will be running the red plate in Oakland next weekend.
Cooper Webb: “I got off to a bad start, and I was just thinking about the points. I just put my head down and made it through the pack. I saw (Jessy) Nelson went down, and I knew it was time to win. I knew I had time to catch Bowers. I was catching him about a second or two every lap and I knew that if I just put my head down, it would have to be on the last lap. I picked that corner because he either had to go to the outside to clear the triple and let me get the inside or go to the inside to protect his line and have to double. It was a bit of a chess match out there. Things are good between me and Tyler, and I don’t think we made contact. We are training partners as well as long-time friends, so we can race each other like that. He understood that it was the last lap and it was for the win. You’ve got to do what you have to do. We’re just fighting and we will see where it will take us.”
Despite being passed by Webb on the last lap and having to settle for 2nd, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers gained important points in the championship after working his way to the front, following his 15th place first corner position. The former Arenacross champion made his way up to 7th after the first lap and reached the lead by lap seven. He attempted to pull away, but would be reeled in by the hard-charging Webb and had to settle for the 2nd step on the podium. Bowers finds himself tied for 2nd place in the championship standings.
Tyler Bowers: “I had my eyes on Cooper Webb the whole race, which might have been my downfall. I should have paid attention to what I was doing and wouldn’t have made so many mistakes mid-race. Coming into that turn was a double-edge sword. I could have covered the inside and not jumped the triple and he would have went around me and jumped it. On the other hand, I could have done what I did and hoped that I got out of there before he was there. Unfortunately, he made the pass and we are going to go into next week with some homework. I would have done the same thing and it was good racing.”
Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill rounded out the podium after passing Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge. He would be passed by Tyler Bowers and Cooper Webb, and would stay in 3rd place for the remainder of the race.
Justin Hill: “That was one of the most fun main events I’ve ridden. I am not riding like myself and I did not feel strong. This is a good performance for me to build on. I honestly didn’t think I could do it as I’ve been pretty down, sick, and weak. When you don’t feel right and you are not strong, it messes with your mind. Everybody knows that and everybody has gone through it. For me, it was hard to keep my composure. I just know that the stronger I get, the more that I will be able to keep in that zone. This proves now that I can build and be on the top step. I could not have done it without my Red Bull KTM, that thing is running really good!”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne and GEICO Honda’s Malcolm Stewart rounded out the top five. 6th place finisher was Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/KTM’s Jessy Nelson, who looked to have the win in the bag until lap seven when the KTM rider came up short on the bridge jump, got out of control, and fell off the side of the track into the Tuff Blocks. He rejoined the race in 6th, where he remained for the duration of the race. Nelson sits tied for 2nd place in the points standings with Tyler Bowers. Motorsport.com Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen, CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha’s Alex Martin, Motosport.com/DPI/Honda’s Tommy Hahn, and Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/KTM’s Shane McElrath rounded out the top ten, respectively.
After a rough start to his rookie season — failing to qualify for the Main Event in Anaheim 1, and a 15th place result in Phoenix — Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge qualified directly to the Main out of his Heat race and got a fantastic start in the Main, coming around the first corner in 4th place. He would make a pass on Zach Osborne to move into 2nd on lap five, but had a scary crash right before the finish line on lap eight after coming up short on the last triple of the tricky rhythm section. He limped off the track and had to settle for 22nd place on the night. He is reportedly feeling better and will be racing in Oakland next week.
Photography by Don Williams
Monster Energy AMA Western Regional 250SX Class Results – Round 3 – Anaheim
1. Cooper Webb – Yamaha YZ250F
2. Tyler Bowers – Kawasaki KX250F
3. Justin Hill – KTM 250 SX-F Factory Edition
4. Zach Osborne – Husqvarna FC 250
5. Malcolm Stewart – Honda CRF250R
6. Jessy Nelson – KTM 250 SX-F Factory Edition
7. Josh Hansen – Kawasaki KX250F
8. Alex Martin – Yamaha YZ250F
9. Tommy Hahn – Honda CRF250R
10. Shane McElrath – KTM 250 SX-F Factory Edition
11. Jackson Richardson – Honda CRF250R
12. Zack Freeberg – Yamaha YZ250F
13. Aaron Plessinger – Yamaha YZ250F
14. Austin Politelli – Yamaha YZ250F
15. Landen Powell – KTM 250 SX-F
16. Michael Leib – Honda CRF250R
17. Cole Martinez – Yamaha YZ250F
18. Scott Champion – Yamaha YZ250F
19. Zach Bell – Husqvarna FC 250
20. Johnny Jelderda – Honda CRF250R
21. Ryan Breece – Yamaha YZ250F
22. Chris Alldredge – Kawasaki KX250F